What Basketball is All About"

Basketball-The game

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The Game

Basketball-The game

Basketball is deeply ingrained in our childhood, our play, in our culture and dreams.

Basketball-The game

Rich or poor, unknown or famous, young or old, we all love this game.

Basketball-The game

“There was a park near my house, if my parents wanted me they knew where to look first.”

Basketball-The game

“When you are on the basketball court, nothing else in the world matters.”

Basketball-The game

“If you can dream it, you can achieve it!”

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The Ball

Basketball-The game

“When I first picked up a basketball, it was love at first sight.”

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“My basketball is an extension of me wherever I go. I even take my basketball to bed with me.”

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“At a young age, my father would take me to his recreation games. During the pre-game warm-ups, halftime, timeouts, and after the game, I would run out on the court and shoot my basketball until play resumed.”

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“There was a basket on my garage. My parents would have to make me come in and go to bed because I would shoot my basketball even in the dark.”

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About the Ball

Original Basketballe

The first basketball games were played with soccer balls. However, they proved to be unsuitable for dribbling and ball handling.

 

Manufactured basketball

The first manufactured basketballs were hard to dribble because of their laces and slick leather. Basketballs were later redesigned to concealed the laces which eliminated erratic bounces.

 

Todays basketballs

Today's basketballs are without laces. They are molded with pebble surfaces making them much easier to handle.

 

Todays basketballs

The American Basketball Association, played with a red, white and blue basketball, was the first to use contrasting color panels. It was often referred to as a “Beach Ball.” Today, both the WNBA and FIBA (International basketball) use contrasting color panels..

 

Todays basketballs

By rule, the men's ball is 29 1/2 inches in circumference and the women's ball is an inch smaller at 28 1/2 inches.

 

Todays basketballs

Internationally, the men’s ball that is used for the Olympic games, has a circumference of 30.7” which is larger than the men’s regulation ball of 29.5”.

Todays basketballs

Basketball Inflation

The amount of air in a basketball determines the height of the bounce. An under inflated ball is hard to dribble since it has a low bounce. An over inflated basketball will create too high of a bounce.

Basketball Inflation

The proper amount of inflation is determined by the height of the bounce. The rule of thumb is that a basketball should bounce to half the height from which it is dropped. When dropped from a height of 6 feet, the bounce height should be 3 feet (half way up).

 

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The Hoop

You can find basketball hoops just about anywhere you look.

On Garages
On Garages

Driveways
In Driveways

On Playgrounds
On Playgrounds

Driveways
Around Pools

On Trees
On Trees

Swings
On Swings

On Barns
On Barns

In Barns
In Barns

In Fields
In Fields

Glaciers
On Glaciers

On Roofs
On Roof Tops

On Barns
On Piers

Ships
Aboard Ships

Aircraft Carriers
On Aircraft Carriers

Arenas
In Large Arenas

Ships
In Football Stadiums

 

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About the Hoop

Todays basketballs

Originally, the game was played with peach baskets or 18” square boxes hung from the balconies of the running tracks of most indoor facilities. At this time the basket height was established at 10 feet, which still stands today. Obviously, the peach baskets and boxes slowed the game down since the ball had to be retrieved after every goal either by someone on the running track or by ladder. The peach baskets were replaced first by heavy woven wire rims and later by cast iron rims.

Todays basketballs

Open ended nylon nets were approved for use in 1912. This was a major milestone for basketball since the free falling ball after a made basket dramatically increased tempo and scoring of the game. .

Todays basketballs

Basketball rims today, on all levels, are the same 18 inches in diameter. This diameter is larger than two regulation women’s balls, and slightly, smaller than two men’s balls.

Todays basketballs

Regulation backboards today are 6 feet wide by three and half feet tall made of tempered glass. The inner rectangle shooting guide on the backboard is 24 inches wide by 18 inches tall with the white lines being 2 inches thick.

Todays basketballs

The distance from the top of the rim to the floor is 10’. The distance from the free throw line to the front of the backboard is 15’, and the distance from the font of the backboard to the baseline is 4’.

  


 

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